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Tooling

GM Opens Additive Industrialization Center Dedicated to 3D Printing

3D printing will help transform GM operations in product development, motorsports and manufacturing.

Materials

Materialise Powder, Prototyping Platform Empower Sustainability

Bluesint PA 12 powder makes it possible to print with up to 100% reused powder, while Process Turner online platform speeds up prototyping process to eliminate waste.

Ultimaker 2+ Connect 3D Printer Offers Seamless Digital Workflow

Machine enables small enterprises to achieve over 80% time and cost savings (compared to outsourcing) by printing prototypes with a wide choice of inexpensive materials.

Materials

Henkel, Nexa3D Launch Ultrafast Photopolymer for Rapid Prototyping

The xPRO410 material for general purpose prototyping has a formulation based on Henkel’s Loctite PRO410 polymer and optimized for the Nexa3D’s NXE400 3D printer.

Materials

Formlabs Offers Resins for Dental, Manufacturing, Engineering Sectors

Formlabs’ Rigid 10K Resin offers high stiffness and resistance for use in manufacturing and engineering, while a reformulated Draft Resin is well-suited for rough prototypes and quick design iterations.

Production

Metal 3D Printing Makes Combustion More Efficient

John Zink Hamworthy Combustion is finding success with Bound Metal Deposition (BMD) for prototypes and replacement parts, but the real promise it sees is in new designs that couldn’t be made any other way.

Materials

Essentium Materials Unlock Industrial AM Applications

Essentium’s Ultem 9085 and ABS high-performance materials offer excellent resistance to heat and chemicals, while providing high strength making them ideal for industrial applications such as machine parts, tools, jigs and fixtures.

Design

AM’s 2020 Advance: How the Crisis Created Conditions for Additive Manufacturing to Leap Ahead

Stories we’ve found within the pandemic period reveal 3D printing’s promise for scalable, flexible production and rapid product development.

Aerospace

Drone Engine Replaces 13 Parts With 1: The Cool Parts Show Special Episode

Cobra Aero discovered an opportunity for redesign it might never have found without the COVID-19 interruption providing time for product development via 3D printing. The Cool Parts Show explores how additive manufacturing is advancing during the coronavirus crisis.

Medical & Dental

Protolabs Supports Coronavirus Fight with Parts for Testing and Ventilator Masks

Protolabs supports the frontline battle against Covid-19 with critical parts for testing and ventilator masks.

Vacuum System Reduces Metal Powder Recovery Time by 85%

RAPID 2020: Vac-U-Max's Metal Powder Recovery System for Additive Manufacturing (AM-MPRS) extracts and sieves metal powders from 3D printing machines.  

NSL Powder360 Aids Powder Recycling for Reuse

RAPID 2021: NSL’s Powder360 provides powder characterization through alloy and process development, powder qualification and recycle for reuse.

Production

Need Parts? These Additive Manufacturers Are Ready to Help

Disrupted supply chains are just one more effect of the coronavirus pandemic. These 3D printing service providers are ready to help fill production gaps with parts, tooling and prototypes. 

Nanoe Zetamix Filaments Aid Prototyping Needs

RAPID 2021: Nanoe Zetamix filaments are ceramic and metal filaments suitable with almost any standard FDM 3D printer that enable the design and prototyping of ceramic and metal parts with a low investment cost.

Grenzebach Aids Optimal Material Flow

RAPID 2021: With custom-fit transport and handling technology, Grenzebach solutions ensure an optimal material flow. Printers, saws, eroding machines, furnaces and finishing systems are smoothly integrated and linked.

Lewco Batch Ovens Provide Airflow Distribution Techniques

RAPID 2020: Lewco's line of Industrial Batch Ovens standard model temperatures range to 1,200°F, and each oven provides plenum design and effective airflow distribution techniques.

Hoosier Pattern Enables the Design and Print of Intricate Geometries

RAPID 2020: Hoosier Pattern offers the use of 3D printing sand molds and cores that enable users to design and print geometrically intricate designs straight from a CAD file without sacrificing valuable costs and resources.

RAPID + TCT Postponed to 2021

SME, the producers of the additive manufacturing showcase RAPID + TCT, has postponed the 2020 exposition and conference to April 2021 in Chicago, due to the global COVID-19 pandemic.

Protolabs Advances 3D Printing Beyond Prototyping

RAPID 2020: Protolabs has launched production capabilities for its metal 3D printing service.

Fagor Automation Additive Pack Provides Multi-Process Support

RAPID 2020: Fagor Automation’s Additive Pack, featured on the 8065 CNC system, enables open design and multi-process support.

ExOne X1 160Pro Turns Powder to Parts

RAPID 2020: ExOne X1 160Pro, said to be the industry’s largest metal binder jet 3D printer, offers an 800 × 500 × 400 mm build envelope for turning powder to parts.

Laser Mechanisms FiberWeld DH Designed for Production Applications

RAPID 2020: Laser Mechanisms’ FiberWeld DH is a high power, laser wire direct energy deposition (DED) head for processing macro-scale industrial and aerospace components and tooling.

DyeMansion Powerfuse S Enables Improved Print-to-Product Workflow

RAPID 2020: DyeMansion’s Powerfuse S is Industry 4.0 ready and offers fully automatic loading, connectivity and batch tracking features.

Clemco Blast Cabinet Line Reduces Build Lines

RAPID 2020: Clemco Industries’ Pulsar 3D suction blast cabinet, part of Clemco’s Zero brand line, reduces build lines and removes excess powders from additive-manufactured prototypes and production parts.

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